Mechanical Equipment storageJune 1st 2018 I Written by BAS PRINS FROM PANALPINA I READING TIME 2 MINUTES
The conditions under which mechanical equipment is stored, can have a negative effect on its performance. The best way to store it, depends on the type of equipment, expected length of inactivity and the time required to restore it to service. To maximize the service life of your machinery there are a few basic procedures to follow in addition to the specific storage guidelines per type of equipment.
Always store your mechanical equipment in a container or storage location ashore. Equipment stored on a ship is exposed to constant vibration that can cause damage to the bearing elements. The primary way to prevent this is to eliminate the source of vibration and store your equipment on solid ground.
Temperature and Humidity
Weather causes serious damage to mechanical equipment, that’s why it’s not recommended to store rotating electrical machines outdoors. Controlling the temperature and humidity in the storage location is of the utmost importance. The optimum temperature is 20°C. A higher temperature can lead to a higher humidity level whereby condensation can enter the machinery and cause irreversible damage. A low humidity can make the air cool which isn’t favorable either. This can be prevented by making use of anti-condense heating.
Lubrication and Sampling
Before storage, fill bearings with the oil type (preferably an oil containing rust-preventative) and level specified by the manufacturer. Lubricant deteriorates over time so make sure you regularly monitor it’s condition by taking samples.
Rotate all motors, turbines, compressors and pumps with bearings every month.
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